Grace, James and Noah most popular baby names

Date published: 23 July 2019

Grace, James and Noah were the most popular first names given to children whose births were registered in Northern Ireland in 2018. More than 900 new baby names were registered, with movies, popular television series, current celebrities and memorable places appearing to be influencing factors for some parents.


This is the second time that Grace has been the most popular girls’ name, a position held jointly with Emily in 2013.

Emily takes second place, with Olivia remaining in third position for the third consecutive year. 

Top 10

  • Grace 
  • Emily
  • Olivia  
  • Sophie  
  • Ella   
  • Amelia    
  • Isla 
  • Anna
  • Lily
  • Lucy 

Within the girls’ top 100, the highest climbers in popularity between 2017 and 2018 were Rosie, Sadie and Saoirse.

Some of the less common names given to baby girls in 2018 were Disney, Hermione, Moana, Storm and Zandaya.


James has been the most popular boys’ name in each of the past four years, joined by Noah this year for the first time. 

Jack (which held the top spot for 12 consecutive years between 2003 and 2014) comes a close third to James and Noah in popularity, followed by Charlie.  

Leo joined the boys’ top 10 for the first time in 2018.

Top 10

  • James  
  • Noah  
  • Jack   
  • Charlie  
  • Daniel
  • Jacob 
  • Oliver 
  • Harry  
  • Thomas  
  • Leo

Within the boys’ top 100, the highest climbers in popularity between 2017 and 2018 were Tommy, Theo and Hunter.

Axl, Blaze, Hendrix, Phoenix and Wolf on the other hand, were some of the less common names given to baby boys in 2018.

Further information

You can get detailed information about names of babies in 2018 through the following link:

If you want more statistical information, contact the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

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